Our guest for next week will be John (Jack) Seifert, State Forester, Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Jack’s employment with the Division of Forestry began in 2005 when he was hired as State Forester and director of the Division of Forestry. Previously, he served as Extension Research Forester for Purdue University from 1979 to 2005, where he did applied research in plantation and natural stand management.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Four Paul Harris Fellows named
A number of Rotary members were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Drew Bratton, at left above, assisted with initiating, from left, Liz Feitl (a Paul Harris Fellow +1), Martha Wailes, Beth Rodriguez, and Glen Steenberger. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage contributions to the foundation.
TW volunteers recognized
Teachers Warehouse continues to thrive, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Bloomington Rotary volunteers. With a total of 395 hours for the year, here are the individuals involved: Ron Barnes, Kate Cruikshank, Jim Griffin, Ron Jensen (94.5 hours), Sara Laughlin (59 hours), Dick McKaig, Julia Merkt, Keith Miser (82.5 hours), Bill Perkins, Martha Wailes, Jim Weikart, and Marilyn Wood.
86 Days to the Gala!
An update on our sponsors:
Silver Level: Oliver Winery, IU Credit Union, Dr. Mark Dayton, Hilliard Lyons
Bronze level: Old National Bank, Smithville Fiber, German American Bank
Calling all nonprofits!
The Community Service Impact Grant request for proposals was circulated. Up to $6,000 is available to support a significant initiative by a not-for-profit, to be completed between August 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019. Look out for an email with details sometime soon.
Happy birthday, IU!
Jim Capshew announced that today is the 180th birthday of Indiana University’s naming. Prior to being known as Indiana University, the institution was known as Indiana College and Indiana State Seminary.
February 13 program: Marcia Veldman and Climate Change
Michael Shermis introduced our guest, Marcia Veldman, co-state coordinator of the South Central Indiana chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. CCL is an international nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization that trains and supports volunteers to build relationships with their elected representatives in order to influence climate policy. Bloomington’s 2013 Woman of the Year, Marcia has been a leader in a variety of different sustainability and food projects that promote healthy lifestyles. Coordinator for the Bloomington Farmers’ Market since 1976, she has been an active force at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank, where she helped to establish the Meal Share food rescue program and Plant a Row project.
Marcia stressed that climate change, like polio eradication, is a nonpartisan issue. Climate change is both real and unfair. If we fix it, we will build good will and benefit all human beings. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists believe humans are the cause of climate change.
Increased use of carbon dioxide over the past century has led to a 42 percent increase in our atmosphere. Methane has gone up by 100 percent. The impact of climate change on Indiana: it’s wetter and warmer. Looking at the larger U.S. impact, just last year the country had to spend between $300-$400 billion for climate disasters.
CCL’s solution? Make fossil fuels more expensive and introduce a plan called Carbon Fee and Dividend, in which carbon use is taxed at the source. Income from the plan would then be given to households that use the energy. To keep things fair, there would also be a carbon tax on imports. A bipartisan committee supports this plan, including economist and former Secretary of State George Shultz.
A 2015 CCL study showed that implementing the Carbon Fee and Dividend plan would have a huge impact. It is estimated that 227,000 premature deaths would be alleviated. Family household income would go up by $288 per month in 10 years, and approximately $396 per month in 20 years.
CCL spends time as an advocacy group in Washington. Of late there is a sense of progress, including a bipartisan caucus on climate change. They also work with published media, send letters to editors of publications, write opinion pieces, and have interviews on radio and TV.
For more information about the project, visit http://citizensclimatelobby.org.
Our February 13 Meeting
Mike Baker led the meeting. Liz Feitl was our greeter, and Dick Rose led the Pledge of Allegiance. Dick spoke of The Book of Joy (2017). In this conversation between Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, they discuss the profound differences between long-lasting joy and time-bound happiness. With his experience in South Africa, Tutu came to realize that discovering joy in life doesn’t necessarily separate us from hardship, but it brings us closer to the humanity of our world. We can have heartbreak without being broken; we’re more alive, cry and laugh more. At the core of lasting joy is the ability to serve others above self, a Rotary core principle.
Jack Kirtland introduced our guests:
Al Feitl, guest of Liz Feitl
Maria and Gabrielle Steenberger, guests of Glen Steenberger
Jim Capshew, guest of Kyla Cox Deckard
Christy Santo, guest of Jim Santo
Jean Emery, Feb. 13
Judy Witt, Feb. 14
Yolanda Treviño, Feb. 15
Jim Kryway, Feb. 18
Kyla Cox Deckard, Feb. 18
Bob Gutmann (18)
Judy Witt (29)
Jim Kryway (30)
Martha Foster (5)
Drew Bratton (7)
Geoff McKim (8)
Alain Barker, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer